Denise O’Leary owner of Purpol Marketing was honoured to be invited to 10 Downing Street today, on Tuesday 5th Jan as part of a small business delegation from the South West. Facilitated by Enterprise Nation and their South West Champion Alison Edgar, the businesses all representing different areas of expertise put forward the view of various business challenges faced by SME’s to The Prime Minister’s policy adviser, Daniel Korski.
Issued raised in the private 1-hour meeting included: selling to government, manufacturing, apprenticeships, export, tourism, retail, start up, director dividends/accountancy, energy, social enterprise, digital, house building and of course Entrepreneurism.
The issue of government support funding for specialist advice was also raised as many of the delegates were disappointed by the withdrawal of both the Growth Vouchers and Business Growth Service support schemes.
The South West business representatives were keen to provide solutions rather than merely highlight problems and discussed potential new initiatives that could be used to support small businesses.
Denise O’Leary of Purpol Marketing commented, “as a Small Business owner I was humbled and delighted to be invited to 10 Downing Street, the seat of power for important decision making.
The South West business delegation took the opportunity to discuss the major issues and I was particularly passionate in my call for supportive coaching for small businesses as well as encouraging SME’s to bid for government contracts. From my extensive bid writing experience, I was able to share many of the challenges faced by businesses trying to win government contracts and having already met with the Cabinet Office regarding the ongoing championing and development of the Contracts Finder procurement portal, I was heartened to hear all the measures that are currently being actioned as well as those planned for the future.”